XD finish durability

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  1. gunnery

    gunnery XDTalk Member

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    I own an earlier Xd 9 service model with old finish and it has rust issues in South Florida(where I live). I would like to know how the new Melonite finish is holding up against rust and surface wear. I was told by Springfield's customer service department that their Melonite is essentially the same finish as Glock's Tennifer and HS's Croatian Tennifer plus. I have a Xd subcompact 9mm Bi-tone on order and I was wondering if the extra money for the SS slide is worth it over the Melonite. Please help me?!
    I can be emailed at: usa4us@comcast.net
     
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    I just called SA (jon @ 1-800-680-6866 ext 8948 ) to have my XD (older finish) sent in to be refinished. Its free for the most part (they reimbrse up to 50 bucks for shipping) and is supposed to be a much better finish.

    As far as your new pistol, the new finish is good for me, i live a few blocks off the beach in So Cal, no rust issues yet.
     
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    gunnery XDTalk Member

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    Thanks hitman. So, do you think I should just go with the Melonite finish or pay the extra $40.00 for the stainless slide?
     
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    It would be up to you on that point. Both the SS and Melonite offer greata rust/corrosion resistance. With general maintenance of the firearm, rust shouldn't be an issue anyway, but with either of those two finishes, you should be just fine either way.

    It all comes down to personal preference on color.
     
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    gunnery XDTalk Member

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    Thanks Matt. It's just that here in South Florida most guns in this very high humidity develope surface rust, even with diligent care.
     
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    Well, I feel you. I have an older finish xd9-sc. Here in south Texas we have the same issues with humidity and rust. I just sent out my gun to SA to refinish with the newer finish. On the other hand my xd45 tactical has the new finish and I have been carrying it for the past week. No issues with rust yet. As far as the SS and black finish goes, it is up to your taste.
     
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    Hey Gunnery, I'm also in So.Fl (Miami) and own a 45c w/ the newer finish. I'd say send it to SA and see what they can offer you.

    In terms of rust, so far after few months & 750rds (still a baby!!!) the finish looks much like when I first got it. I tend to clean it after every trip to the range tho, so don't know if that makes much difference. If anything I'm finding the holster wear is MUCH more prominent than actual 'use' wear on the melonite.
     
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    Liquid Rhino- Do you think an Xd9sc with a stainless slide will retain a newer, less worn, less superficial rust look than the Melonite over time?
     
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    Liquid Rhino XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

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    Honestly, I can't say firsthand. My thoughts would be that a Stainless slide would probably show less wear due to it's overall brighter appearance from general use & holsters so long as it's cleaned often. Whether or not the actual wear factor on the slide finish is similar, I have no clue, sorry.

    Don't know if this might help answer your question, but I do have a very 15+yr old Stainless S&W 357 revolver that still looks excellent (at least, more presentable) vs. my 3-4 month old XD45 w/ melonite, but I fear that's not exactly apples to apples.. :(
     
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    So, how much did it cost you out-of-pocket to get it refinished?
     
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    nothing. it cost roughly 45 bucks to ship, but they reimburse that up to 50 dollars, and they are refinishing it for free!
     
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    Get the SS finish on the gun
     
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    gunnery XDTalk Member

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    Thanks XD 45 and everyone else who assisted. I just purchased an XD9 sc with stainless slide and I could not be happier.
     
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    PackerfanXD XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    :shock:
    I'm sending my wife's XD9sc out soon then! :cool:

    They just offered to refinish it? Is there some code word I need to use? ;)
     
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    No, my XD had the old finish when I sent it out there for jamming and it just came back with a brand new finish on it. Very nice.
     

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